Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ways to save in 2012!

I found this in last Sundays paper and wanted to share. I don't know how you save money? Many of these things I already do, or don't do at all so I am not spending the money at all. But here are the ideas.

  • Take advantage of happy hour deals, or early bird specials...
  • Volunteer as event staff at festivals or venues. 
  • Travel shortly before or after peak season. 
  • Find out if your employer offers discounts, such as group buying, gym memberships or discounts. 
  • Make a meal out of what you already have in you fridge or pantry. 
  • Buy in bulk. this doesn't always work for everyone. 
  • Freeze and store what you can't use right away. 
  • Buy in season fruit and veggies. 
  • Go meatless (unlikely in our house)
  • Pack a lunch
  • Use coupons, but only for what you would buy and use anyway.
  • Buy generic, food and drugs.
  • Keep car maintained. 
  • Lighten the load in your car. less weight uses less gas. 
  • Find lower gas prices, 
  • Walk or ride your bike. 
  • Buy used. 
  • Wait for sales. 
  • Buy only what you need. (we all know that isn't easy)
  • Swap clothes with friends and family. 
  • Insulate attics, walls and crawl spaces. 
  • Turn off and unplug any appliances, lights, and lamps not in use. tips at
  • Turn your thermostat to 68 or lower when your awake, and lower 7 to 10 degrees when your asleep or away. 
  • Buy reusable terrycloth wash clothes and towels instead of paper. 

I came up with a few of my own as well. 
  • Make your own coffee or tea
  • use consignment shops and bring in your old clothes for new to you clothes. (one of my favorites)
  • offer a service or trade with a friend so you don't have to go out and get it done. 
  • use cloth grocery bags, some stores give small discounts for them . 
Hope you find some of this useful. 


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